APG Nation http://apgnation.com Video Games, eSports, Gaming News, Cheats, Reviews & More Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:00:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 65389983 Battlefield 1 Open Beta Date Announced http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/08/15/22833/battlefield-1-open-beta-date-announced/ http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/08/15/22833/battlefield-1-open-beta-date-announced/#respond Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:00:50 +0000 http://apgnation.com/?p=22833 STOCKHOLM, Sweden–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, announced theBattlefield™ 1 Open Beta* will begin August 31st on Xbox One, PC via Origin™ and PlayStation®4. Players who sign up as aBattlefield Insider and choose their platform before August 21st will be eligible to receive early access to the Open Beta. The Battlefield 1 Open Beta will feature two franchise favorite modes – Conquest and Rush – on the new Sinai Desert map. Playable with up to 64 players, this map includes a new controllable Armored Train behemoth, ridable horses and three new Elite Classes – Sentry, Flame Trooper and Tank Hunter.

Since the unveiling of Battlefield 1 in May, fans have been clamoring for a taste of the all-out-war experience that the backdrop of World War 1 provides. Bring a horse to a tank fight, or rain down machine gun fire on enemy positions with the heavily armored Sentry. Fans wanting to check out the Open Beta gameplay content before August 31st can do so by watching the Battlefield 1 Squads livestream on August 16th at 12pm PT at http://www.twitch.tv/battlefield or by coming to play the game this week at gamescom in Cologne, Germany.Battlefield 1 Squads will showcase two team captains, each leading a crew of 32 players, made up of the top BattlefieldYouTube personalities, Twitch Streamers, and internet stars. Fans can also watch the new Battlefield 1 gamescom 2016 trailer at

Witness the birth of all-out war when Battlefield 1 launches on October 21, 2016 worldwide on Xbox One, Origin for PC and PlayStation 4. Players who pre-order the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition can start playing on October 18**.

EA Access*** and Origin Access*** members can tryBattlefield 1 before it’s released for a limited time as part of a Play First Trial starting October 13, on Xbox One and PC, respectively. EA Access members receive a 10 percent discount when they purchase a digital version of the game on Xbox Live, and Origin Access members get a 10 percent discount when they purchase the game through Origin.

For more information on Battlefield 1, please visitwww.battlefield.com or join the conversation on Facebook,YouTube, and Twitter ®. Press assets for Battlefield are available at http://info.ea.com.

*PERSISTENT INTERNET CONNECTION, EA ACCOUNT, ACCEPTANCE OF (I) BETA AGREEMENT, (II) TERMS OF SERVICE AND (III) PRIVACY AND COOKIE POLICY REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BETA. XBOX LIVE GOLD OR PlayStation Plus SUBSCRIPTION MAY BE REQUIRED. GAMEPLAY PROGRESS, ACHIEVEMENTS, CHARACTERS, CHARACTER DATA AND/OR ANY OTHER VALUE OR STATUS INDICATORS ACHIEVED THROUGH GAMEPLAY IN THE BETA WILL NOT TRANSFER TO BATTLEFIELD 1. BETA IS PRE-RELEASE SOFTWARE, MAY CONTAIN ERRORS/DEFECTS AND IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY.

**Conditions and restrictions apply. Seewww.battlefield.com/disclaimers for details.

***CONDITIONS, LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY. SEEhttp://www.ea.com/eaaccess ANDhttp://www.origin.com/store/origin-access FOR DETAILS.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets. EA has more than 300 million registered players around the world.

In fiscal year 2016, EA posted [...]

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, announced theBattlefield™ 1 Open Beta* will begin August 31st on Xbox One, PC via Origin™ and PlayStation®4. Players who sign up as aBattlefield Insider and choose their platform before August 21st will be eligible to receive early access to the Open Beta. The Battlefield 1 Open Beta will feature two franchise favorite modes – Conquest and Rush – on the new Sinai Desert map. Playable with up to 64 players, this map includes a new controllable Armored Train behemoth, ridable horses and three new Elite Classes – Sentry, Flame Trooper and Tank Hunter.

Since the unveiling of Battlefield 1 in May, fans have been clamoring for a taste of the all-out-war experience that the backdrop of World War 1 provides. Bring a horse to a tank fight, or rain down machine gun fire on enemy positions with the heavily armored Sentry. Fans wanting to check out the Open Beta gameplay content before August 31st can do so by watching the Battlefield 1 Squads livestream on August 16th at 12pm PT at http://www.twitch.tv/battlefield or by coming to play the game this week at gamescom in Cologne, Germany.Battlefield 1 Squads will showcase two team captains, each leading a crew of 32 players, made up of the top BattlefieldYouTube personalities, Twitch Streamers, and internet stars. Fans can also watch the new Battlefield 1 gamescom 2016 trailer at

Witness the birth of all-out war when Battlefield 1 launches on October 21, 2016 worldwide on Xbox One, Origin for PC and PlayStation 4. Players who pre-order the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition can start playing on October 18**.

EA Access*** and Origin Access*** members can tryBattlefield 1 before it’s released for a limited time as part of a Play First Trial starting October 13, on Xbox One and PC, respectively. EA Access members receive a 10 percent discount when they purchase a digital version of the game on Xbox Live, and Origin Access members get a 10 percent discount when they purchase the game through Origin.

For more information on Battlefield 1, please visitwww.battlefield.com or join the conversation on Facebook,YouTube, and Twitter ®. Press assets for Battlefield are available at http://info.ea.com.

*PERSISTENT INTERNET CONNECTION, EA ACCOUNT, ACCEPTANCE OF (I) BETA AGREEMENT, (II) TERMS OF SERVICE AND (III) PRIVACY AND COOKIE POLICY REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BETA. XBOX LIVE GOLD OR PlayStation Plus SUBSCRIPTION MAY BE REQUIRED. GAMEPLAY PROGRESS, ACHIEVEMENTS, CHARACTERS, CHARACTER DATA AND/OR ANY OTHER VALUE OR STATUS INDICATORS ACHIEVED THROUGH GAMEPLAY IN THE BETA WILL NOT TRANSFER TO BATTLEFIELD 1. BETA IS PRE-RELEASE SOFTWARE, MAY CONTAIN ERRORS/DEFECTS AND IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY.

**Conditions and restrictions apply. Seewww.battlefield.com/disclaimers for details.

***CONDITIONS, LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY. SEEhttp://www.ea.com/eaaccess ANDhttp://www.origin.com/store/origin-access FOR DETAILS.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets. EA has more than 300 million registered players around the world.

In fiscal year 2016, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.4 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, EA SPORTS™ FIFA, Battlefield™, Dragon Age™ and Plants vs. Zombies™. More information about EA is available atwww.ea.com/news.

EA, EA SPORTS, Origin, The Sims, Dragon Age, Plants vs. Zombies, Battlefield, and Battlefield 1 are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. and its subsidiaries. John Madden, NFL, NHL, NBA, PGA TOUR, UFC and FIFA are the property of their respective owners and used with permission. “PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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Team in Profile: Team Liquid http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/22/22816/team-profile-team-liquid/ http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/22/22816/team-profile-team-liquid/#respond Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:25:46 +0000 http://apgnation.com/?p=22816 Lourlo

One of three rookies to join Team Liquid’s roster, Sam “Lourlo” Jackson found himself in a rocky start in the top lane during the outset of the 2016 Spring season. But after getting the hang of what LCS is truly like and becoming more synergized with his team, he has still helped along getting high on the ranks in the regular split. Lourlo has become a fantastic player where teams such as Counter Logic Gaming has struggled against. But now that the team has taken the time to smooth out the edges, they will be looking out to end this season with a higher placement than the last.

 

Moon

Coming out of NRG eSports and into the jungle for Team Liquid, Galen “Moon” Holgate played out strong performances on the previous split on Elise or Rek’Sai. But now that he will be working with a different team, the communication and synergy will be put to the test in the summer. He has a wide champion pool to work worth as well as teammates who have a wide span of knowledge. But without a Lee Sin in sight, the audience will be watching what Moon will give to Team Liquid. After faltering during the last half of the spring season, he will undertake the challenge of having more consistent performances.

 

Fenix

Jae-Hoon “Fenix” Kim is one of the faces of Team Liquid and one of many feared mid laners within the North America region. His incredible mechanical out plays has quickly shut down the enemy team and force them to reevaluate the game. Fenix is not one to neglect as he can carry out the game with his bare hands. With a versatile pool of champions and a comprehensive knowledge of how to make the plays, laning against him will always be a challenge for the other solo player. After being a part of the team for so long, perhaps it is this split coming around where he will burn out the competition.

Image Courtesy of: www.teamliquidpro.com

 

Piglet

One of the greatest AD carry players, Gwang-Jin “Piglet” Chae, is not a rookie anymore as he has become one of the veterans of the Team Liquid squad. He is now up to the challenge of helping the rookies of the team grow and improve. Starting off the season with a majority of rookies, it is an impressive feat that the team itself placed higher than teams with more experience. His mechanical playmaking ability is nothing to ignore as his Caitlyn and Lucian bring the hurt onto the enemy team. As the new season approaches, the high-caliber Piglet is itching to dominate his bottom lane.

 

Matt

One of the players to rival Aphromoo’s Bard, Matthew “Matt” Elento has come out onto the real LCS stage to be the support for Team Liquid. The team may have had a rocky start getting comfortable with one another, but by the end of the 2016 Spring split, they accomplished many wins to get them high in the standings. His adjustments for the team and [...]

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Lourlo

One of three rookies to join Team Liquid’s roster, Sam “Lourlo” Jackson found himself in a rocky start in the top lane during the outset of the 2016 Spring season. But after getting the hang of what LCS is truly like and becoming more synergized with his team, he has still helped along getting high on the ranks in the regular split. Lourlo has become a fantastic player where teams such as Counter Logic Gaming has struggled against. But now that the team has taken the time to smooth out the edges, they will be looking out to end this season with a higher placement than the last.

 

Moon

Coming out of NRG eSports and into the jungle for Team Liquid, Galen “Moon” Holgate played out strong performances on the previous split on Elise or Rek’Sai. But now that he will be working with a different team, the communication and synergy will be put to the test in the summer. He has a wide champion pool to work worth as well as teammates who have a wide span of knowledge. But without a Lee Sin in sight, the audience will be watching what Moon will give to Team Liquid. After faltering during the last half of the spring season, he will undertake the challenge of having more consistent performances.

 

Fenix

Jae-Hoon “Fenix” Kim is one of the faces of Team Liquid and one of many feared mid laners within the North America region. His incredible mechanical out plays has quickly shut down the enemy team and force them to reevaluate the game. Fenix is not one to neglect as he can carry out the game with his bare hands. With a versatile pool of champions and a comprehensive knowledge of how to make the plays, laning against him will always be a challenge for the other solo player. After being a part of the team for so long, perhaps it is this split coming around where he will burn out the competition.

Image Courtesy of: www.teamliquidpro.com

Image Courtesy of: www.teamliquidpro.com

 

Piglet

One of the greatest AD carry players, Gwang-Jin “Piglet” Chae, is not a rookie anymore as he has become one of the veterans of the Team Liquid squad. He is now up to the challenge of helping the rookies of the team grow and improve. Starting off the season with a majority of rookies, it is an impressive feat that the team itself placed higher than teams with more experience. His mechanical playmaking ability is nothing to ignore as his Caitlyn and Lucian bring the hurt onto the enemy team. As the new season approaches, the high-caliber Piglet is itching to dominate his bottom lane.

 

Matt

One of the players to rival Aphromoo’s Bard, Matthew “Matt” Elento has come out onto the real LCS stage to be the support for Team Liquid. The team may have had a rocky start getting comfortable with one another, but by the end of the 2016 Spring split, they accomplished many wins to get them high in the standings. His adjustments for the team and hard work on improving has come so far, and it has paid off. The amount of roaming he does contribute substantially on pressuring the enemy team and landing the needed wins to make it big. Matt’s life is now surrounded by the huge plays and the extraordinary victories.

 

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Team in Profile: NRG eSports http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/18/22808/team-profile-nrg-esports/ http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/18/22808/team-profile-nrg-esports/#respond Sat, 18 Jun 2016 16:06:13 +0000 http://apgnation.com/?p=22808 As a team here at APGNation’s eSports division we always love the off season with all it’s roster changes and excitement, sometimes even more so than the season itself, but we also know it can be hard to keep track of who’s going where and who everyone is. That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you team profiles that can help you stay up to date and in the know. In this profile, Ellen Chou takes a look at NRG eSports.

 

Quas

Instead of moving toward the end of his career, Diego “Quas” Ruiz is moving on from Team Liquid and once again into the top lane for NRG eSports this time. The bright talent he exhibits in his mechanical skills brings his opponents over the edge just trying to lane against him.  Although he did not participate in the LCS at the start of the year, Quas will soon be diving back into the arena with the sweat he has put into brandish out why he is among one of the best in the region.

 

Santorin

No matter what happens, you just cannot keep away Lucas “Santorin” Larsen away from the competitive scene. His journey back to North America will not be with Team SoloMid, but rather with a new team, NRG eSports along with more knowledge and growth. Being with different teammates has given him the momentum to improve and learn much more as a player. He has honed his skills and worked harder during his travels among Challenger teams. But, the future for him with his current team is looking bright as he will take it out on the rift to once again show that he is a better man in the jungle now.

 

GBM

Chang-Seok “GBM” Lee has been dominating the mid lanes for quite some time now. But this time, he is not spamming Orianna, getting ganked by Mom, or with his now-former team Jin Air Green Wings. Now that he is in North America, GBM has certainly caught everyone’s eye as he brought out picks like Zilean and Karma out on the rift. Without a doubt, all other mid laners of the region see GBM as a player worth accounting for as his skills alone can make a perfect game. With the new season approaching, GBM and his bow tie are looking for the rematches to remind everyone what a pro player he is.

 

Ohq

Oh, despite not getting Team Dragon Knights into LCS again, Gyu-Kin “Ohq” Oh will still be able to shine on stage as the AD Carry for NRG Esports. His amazing capabilities on a marksman is nothing to belittle as the enemy team must always shut him down early. If you just leave this guy alone, he can snowball a team without a sweat, leaving the enemy team to watch their nexus fall. Now that he has entered the big leagues, it will be Ohq’s time to face off the best. A new region and the team have brought new knowledge for him as he is locked [...]

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As a team here at APGNation’s eSports division we always love the off season with all it’s roster changes and excitement, sometimes even more so than the season itself, but we also know it can be hard to keep track of who’s going where and who everyone is. That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you team profiles that can help you stay up to date and in the know. In this profile, Ellen Chou takes a look at NRG eSports.

 

Quas

Instead of moving toward the end of his career, Diego “Quas” Ruiz is moving on from Team Liquid and once again into the top lane for NRG eSports this time. The bright talent he exhibits in his mechanical skills brings his opponents over the edge just trying to lane against him.  Although he did not participate in the LCS at the start of the year, Quas will soon be diving back into the arena with the sweat he has put into brandish out why he is among one of the best in the region.

 

Santorin

No matter what happens, you just cannot keep away Lucas “Santorin” Larsen away from the competitive scene. His journey back to North America will not be with Team SoloMid, but rather with a new team, NRG eSports along with more knowledge and growth. Being with different teammates has given him the momentum to improve and learn much more as a player. He has honed his skills and worked harder during his travels among Challenger teams. But, the future for him with his current team is looking bright as he will take it out on the rift to once again show that he is a better man in the jungle now.

 

GBM

Chang-Seok “GBM” Lee has been dominating the mid lanes for quite some time now. But this time, he is not spamming Orianna, getting ganked by Mom, or with his now-former team Jin Air Green Wings. Now that he is in North America, GBM has certainly caught everyone’s eye as he brought out picks like Zilean and Karma out on the rift. Without a doubt, all other mid laners of the region see GBM as a player worth accounting for as his skills alone can make a perfect game. With the new season approaching, GBM and his bow tie are looking for the rematches to remind everyone what a pro player he is.

 

Ohq

Oh, despite not getting Team Dragon Knights into LCS again, Gyu-Kin “Ohq” Oh will still be able to shine on stage as the AD Carry for NRG Esports. His amazing capabilities on a marksman is nothing to belittle as the enemy team must always shut him down early. If you just leave this guy alone, he can snowball a team without a sweat, leaving the enemy team to watch their nexus fall. Now that he has entered the big leagues, it will be Ohq’s time to face off the best. A new region and the team have brought new knowledge for him as he is locked and loaded for the upcoming split.

 

Kiwikid

Although he is not a kid anymore, Alan “Kiwikid” Nguyen is the old-time support player for Team Dignitas, who had shifted over their LCS spot. But that cannot stop Kiwikid from helping his team make plays as he transfers over to NRG eSports. His vast experience, lack of hesitation, and constantly trying to improve makes him a support player you should not ignore. The 2016 Summer Split season will be nothing new to Kiwikid as he will always look to bring the enemy team down. This time around he won’t be unlucky or with the most amount of deaths (unless he gets his team the most amount of kills).

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Witch and The Hundred Knight Revival Review http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/11/22707/witch-hundred-knight-review/ http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/11/22707/witch-hundred-knight-review/#respond Sun, 12 Jun 2016 03:43:14 +0000 http://apgnation.com/?p=22707 Game: The Witch and The Hundred Knight Revival Edition
Platform: PS4
Developers: Nippon Ichi Software
Publishers: NIS America Inc
Genre: Action role-playing
Price: $39.99

This review was completed with a review copy from the publishers

The Witch and the Hundred Knight is a somewhat shallow attempt to couple the well known “cutesy” Disgaea art style with some darker themes in the pursuit of humor. It’s quite hit and miss, and the overall gameplay while striving for depth, seems just to fall short of its goal. The gameplay is competent enough, and the quality is quite high, but it just makes for one fairly cliche action-role-playing title. It’s a shame as the game isn’t bad, it just doesn’t seem to do anything particularly well, over and above the status quo. It has some interesting ideas; that lack in the execution stage. The story is fun, and may keep you engaged, but that’s all it has going for it.

The game starts off innocently enough. A lonely swamp Witch decides she wants to step out of her swamp and see more of the world. The only problem? She is unable to leave the swamp, so she formulates an ingenious plan to enlarge her swamp, spreading its influence and allowing her to travel. She feels she can’t do this alone and has a finite amount of time to achieve her goal, so she summons a demon; a familiar called the Hundred Knight. The Hundred Knight is a beast of mythical proportions. Several feet tall, with dozens of arms, the strength of 100 men, spewing hot molten lava from both its crotch and its mouth. Said to be immensely powerful and a very complicated familiar to summon, Metallia, the Swamp Witch, discovers the ability of how to acquire it.

There’s just one slight issue. Whether it be a problem with the legend passed down through centuries, or if years of inactivity has weakened the Hundred Knight itself, is unsure. What is for certain, it’s not as strong as the legends claim and no sooner has it been summoned to the spirit realm, it’s beset upon by a giant creature. With no way to escape, The Hundred Knight must rely on Metallia’s words to reach the safety of an exit into the corporeal realm, but it isn’t so simple as just opening a door and with no way to fight the beast hot on its tail, it must flee.

From this point on, The Witch and the Hundred Knight lose its air of innocence and reveals itself for what it truly is. Much like the Hundred Knight itself, the game is not what it seems, at times going a little over the top with the expletives and maliciousness. Metallia is kind of a spoilt brat, somewhat obnoxious and not a particularly nice person. The problem is the game goes out of its way to hammer in the fact that you’re not the good guys. I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say that Metallia is evil, but she is certainly at the [...]

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Game: The Witch and The Hundred Knight Revival Edition
Platform: PS4
Developers: Nippon Ichi Software
Publishers: NIS America Inc
Genre: Action role-playing
Price: $39.99

This review was completed with a review copy from the publishers

The Witch and the Hundred Knight is a somewhat shallow attempt to couple the well known “cutesy” Disgaea art style with some darker themes in the pursuit of humor. It’s quite hit and miss, and the overall gameplay while striving for depth, seems just to fall short of its goal. The gameplay is competent enough, and the quality is quite high, but it just makes for one fairly cliche action-role-playing title. It’s a shame as the game isn’t bad, it just doesn’t seem to do anything particularly well, over and above the status quo. It has some interesting ideas; that lack in the execution stage. The story is fun, and may keep you engaged, but that’s all it has going for it.

The game starts off innocently enough. A lonely swamp Witch decides she wants to step out of her swamp and see more of the world. The only problem? She is unable to leave the swamp, so she formulates an ingenious plan to enlarge her swamp, spreading its influence and allowing her to travel. She feels she can’t do this alone and has a finite amount of time to achieve her goal, so she summons a demon; a familiar called the Hundred Knight. The Hundred Knight is a beast of mythical proportions. Several feet tall, with dozens of arms, the strength of 100 men, spewing hot molten lava from both its crotch and its mouth. Said to be immensely powerful and a very complicated familiar to summon, Metallia, the Swamp Witch, discovers the ability of how to acquire it.

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There’s just one slight issue. Whether it be a problem with the legend passed down through centuries, or if years of inactivity has weakened the Hundred Knight itself, is unsure. What is for certain, it’s not as strong as the legends claim and no sooner has it been summoned to the spirit realm, it’s beset upon by a giant creature. With no way to escape, The Hundred Knight must rely on Metallia’s words to reach the safety of an exit into the corporeal realm, but it isn’t so simple as just opening a door and with no way to fight the beast hot on its tail, it must flee.

From this point on, The Witch and the Hundred Knight lose its air of innocence and reveals itself for what it truly is. Much like the Hundred Knight itself, the game is not what it seems, at times going a little over the top with the expletives and maliciousness. Metallia is kind of a spoilt brat, somewhat obnoxious and not a particularly nice person. The problem is the game goes out of its way to hammer in the fact that you’re not the good guys. I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say that Metallia is evil, but she is certainly at the very least standoffish, rude and has no qualms about committing immoral acts. Themes of implied rape, forced slavery, matricide, sexual connotations and all sorts of depravity are abound in this rather crude action RPG title. This is not a game for kids.

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The Witch and The Hundred Knight are told via Disgaea-like animations and the occasional CGI cutscenes. You are given choices every so often in the dialogue, but none of the choices have much meaning outside of altering only one or two lines of dialogue. Every character in the game is quite interesting and memorable, and it’s here that the game’s strength lies. While the main protagonist (antagonists/villain protagonist?) isn’t particularly likable, she is entertaining and treats all of her subjects with such over the top disdain it’s hard not to laugh. The story is quite interesting, and while it’s not the most intelligent of narratives, it’s more or less the only reason you’ll find to continue playing.

The Witch and the Hundred Knight play just like any other top-down action role-playing title. Your character, the titular Hundred Knight, can run around, jump, strike with its weapon, dodge and perform combos in combat. These combos are decided upon which weapons the Knight has equipped. There’s a choice of swords and spears for slash damage, clubs and lances for blunt damage, and staves, for inflicting magic damage. Each weapon in this category also has a number on a glyph stated from 1-5. Following these “dice” numbers when creating combos allows your knight to chain together bonuses, inflicting greater damage and further contributing to grade points and bonus points earned.

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Grade points are built up just by both attacking and digging for items in certain spots, later in the game. Not only does chaining attacks together fill up the grade point bar, but it also fills up the AP bar to unleash devastating attacks. The grade points earned by damaging enemies or digging can then be put towards “revelations”; little temporary upgrades towards HP, AP, Attack, Defense, Bonus points and lastly Gigacals. Gigacals are possibly the most important aspect of the game as your amount dictates how long you can be in the real world, away from the swamp and Metallia. The counter starts at 99, and it is effectively your game time. However, it can be replenished by using grade points whenever you find a pillar (checkpoint), using unique items, or consuming enemies. The first two don’t have any penalties, but consumption of enemies is risky as they will stay in your stomach until the end of the level (along with any revelations upgraded). Enemies sit in your stomach stock as garbage. The stronger the enemy consumed, the more garbage their body will take up. This means you have less room for any items or weapons you find in the levels, so consumption should only be used when you’re low on Gigacals.

When encountering enemies in The Witch and the Hundred Knight, it’s important to note that not all enemies respond to all weapons the same way. Many have resistances to one of the three damage types (see earlier). Many weapons in another class can also inflict different kinds of damage. For example, a spear class that usually does slash damage may, in fact, do magic damage instead depending on its type, rarity, or unique properties. All weapons and equipment can be upgraded using anima dropped from enemies as well as items you dig up. Not all weapons can have more than a few upgrades, with the maximum seeming to be roughly ten. Further in the game, you will also access the ability to forge one weapon into another, losing one of them in the process to strengthen the other.

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That may seem like a lot to learn, but it becomes minuscule and most of the time you can just hack and slash with whatever you like. Apart from bosses and their guard shield mechanic, there’s not much strategy to the game. Some puzzles are easy, and there’s the ability to raid villages i.e.; acquire more items. There’s also an alternate game mode called Illusion Tower which further borrows ideas from the Disgaea series. The Illusion Tower is an optional self-contained story dungeon that is created using your items. Whatever weapon you use to make the dungeon will dictate enemy strengths and levels. There is a boss every ten levels, which are rehashes of story bosses, and the only real highlight of the Illusion Tower is you can get better loot, and also use Metallia as a character. She controls pretty much the same as Hundred, just using magic and set equipment loadouts. That’s all there is to the game. Combat is very monotonous and starts to get boring a third of the way into the game, despite the depth, it seems to have. Sadly, The Witch and the Hundred Knight is a pretty generic hack and slash title.

The visuals are improved from the original, but that’s not saying a whole lot. The models still aren’t very detailed, and the environments are surprisingly bland, given the different stages there are. Admittedly, though, stage layouts are often entirely identical, with only pallets, meshes and textures altered. The PS4 obviously looks far less jagged, and more three-dimensional in comparison to the original, utilizing different lighting, shaders an updated engine, and new assets. The animations are pretty fluid, and enemies quite varied in their attacks, but not appearance. Most enemies, and in fact many bosses are just color swapped version of earlier bosses, boasting only an increase in hp and tactics as a change.

The game is still very bright and bouncy. The models and accompanying particle effects are decent enough, despite the lack of detail and still work with the overall aesthetic of the game. There’re one or two bits of nudity, a surprising amount of blood and the traditional animation scenes are quite enjoyable and well illustrated. All the characters look great, echoing how unique they are in both personality and ability. The women are quite pleasant to ogle with plenty of fan service and the boys while cute, don’t get as much screen time, except Lucchini. The bosses are usually far larger than the Hundred Knight on screen, with the battle arena most often quite limited in scale. Cut scenes are done Disgaea style, while character’s mouths barely move in synch with the words.

The voice acting is surprisingly top notch! Metallia’s range of emotions is fun to listen to, along with her rather severe standoffish nature. She swears along without a care throughout the whole game, and this bugged the hell out of me! If one makes a game with a character as vile as Metallia, then censors the really over the top cursing she does, it loses impact. It felt to me like NISA weren’t willing to commit to the spirit of the character for fear of offending people. Sadly, the censored beeping of her words breaks what little immersion the game already had, and sullens the experience. All the supporting cast of voice actors are great. Vicole Dotrish is adorable, and I just wanted to hug her and tell her everything would be okay. The butler as the straight man works quite well, and all the dialogue is pretty enjoyable. The voice acting and the energy the dubbing brought to the characters helped bring them alive, and make them even more memorable. One of the game’s few strengths.

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The music is quite pretty at times, but this is sadly overshadowed by the fact you’ll have to slog through the game for a good 70 or so hours. This means you’re forced to hear the main theme of the swamp, and certain pieces that are overplayed to the point where I had to turn the volume down a few times. Add to that, the decent sound design which sadly had The Hundred Knight’s battle cries, chirps, squeaks coming through your PS4 controller, than the audio can start to get a bit grating.

I’m not going to lie. My opinion on this game was very mixed. Boss battles weren’t particularly special, and aside from the story and characters, the game was quite lacking. The fact you can only play as Metallia, in the optional Tower of Illusion dungeon as a power up for a limited time, bugged me considering she’s the protagonist. The massive grind wall that is thrown in front of you before Chapter 11, to unlock the final two game chapters, further sullied my experience. The game has a major exploit involving the Tower of Illusion that lets you bypass the grind quite a fair bit, but it’s still a sign of poor game design. Ultimately, a lot of Witch and The Hundred Knight is all flash and no substance. Combat at first seems deep until you realize half of its functions are practically worthless.

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This is a basic game, and it plays like a baby’s first action roleplaying game. Once you get to Chapter 10, the difficulty curve ramps way up, and will likely frustrate those who are unprepared. This is further added to by the hidden part of the game that requires defeating three optional and challenging bosses to unlock. In short, The Witch and The Hundred Knight is one long grind! If games with lots of content but little substance are your sorts of thing, and you enjoy mashing the square button for the length of any other decent roleplaying game, then Hundred Knight might be for you. If you can stomach the monotony and bland level layouts, the story is actually pretty fun and rewarding. It’s just sadly not quite worth it. It’s a shame! It had a lot of potential and I was initially excited to try it. Better luck next time Nippon Ichi.

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Team in Profile: Immortals http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/11/22799/team-in-profile/ http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/11/22799/team-in-profile/#comments Sat, 11 Jun 2016 16:25:39 +0000 http://apgnation.com/?p=22799 As a team here at APGNation’s eSports division we always love the off season with all it’s roster changes and excitement, sometimes even more so than the season itself, but we also know it can be hard to keep track of who’s going where and who everyone is. That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you team profiles that can help you stay up to date and in the know. In this profile, Ellen Chou takes a look at the North American behemoth, Immortals.

 

Huni

The former rookie behind holo holo holo, Seung-hoon ‘Huni’ Heo has never failed to liven up the games he has step foot in. Ever since his time in Fnatic, Huni has always rocked the top lane as well as the rest of the enemy team with his hyper carry style of getting quadra kills and pentakills. But now that he is in North America as the top laner for the Immortals, he has proven much more than the expectations placed on him during the Spring season. With the new split coming around the corner, Huni is looking to dominate the season again perhaps without a single loss.

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Reignover

Yeu-Jin ‘Reignover’ Kim was a dominating factor in the EU LCS last year by taking his team, Fnatic, through the regular season and into the Worlds Championship. He would continue this reign into the North America region as he becomes the jungler for Immortals. Throughout the matches, he would constantly own the jungle, even the enemy’s and guide his team through a lot of one-sided games. With a new split coming around, this jungler will be looking to reign over the rift with his capabilities as a professional player.

 

Pobelter

After his time in Counter Logic Gaming, Eugene ‘Pobelter’ Park would live to mid lane another day with Immortals. Along with the rest of the team, Pobelter would become one of the backbones to push the squad to a dominating split. Although he may be overshadowed by the likes of his other teammates, Pobelter knows how to show off his skills as it has been paid off with near perfect matches. With another season coming along, it will be another chance to lead Immortals to the play offs.

 

WildTurtle

The ever so wild Jason ‘WildTurtle’; Tran has kept his mark in the bottom lane from his years in Team SoloMid to his new Immortals. With a newly reformed team, WildTurtle has seemingly revitalized and quickly went back to making plays as if he never left his prime. After doing more than just meeting expectations of this new team in the spring, he and his team look to secure spots for the Worlds Championship in the upcoming split. But with Immortals slowly revealing what their weak points are for opposing teams to exploit, the team has to bring themselves together to prove that they are not that mortal.

 

Adrian

Adrian ‘Adrian’ Ma is a familiar face in the LCS scene from being a part of Team Impulse, but has now become the support [...]

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As a team here at APGNation’s eSports division we always love the off season with all it’s roster changes and excitement, sometimes even more so than the season itself, but we also know it can be hard to keep track of who’s going where and who everyone is. That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you team profiles that can help you stay up to date and in the know. In this profile, Ellen Chou takes a look at the North American behemoth, Immortals.

 

Huni

The former rookie behind holo holo holo, Seung-hoon ‘Huni’ Heo has never failed to liven up the games he has step foot in. Ever since his time in Fnatic, Huni has always rocked the top lane as well as the rest of the enemy team with his hyper carry style of getting quadra kills and pentakills. But now that he is in North America as the top laner for the Immortals, he has proven much more than the expectations placed on him during the Spring season. With the new split coming around the corner, Huni is looking to dominate the season again perhaps without a single loss.

Image Courtesy of: goldper10.com

Image Courtesy of: goldper10.com

 

Reignover

Yeu-Jin ‘Reignover’ Kim was a dominating factor in the EU LCS last year by taking his team, Fnatic, through the regular season and into the Worlds Championship. He would continue this reign into the North America region as he becomes the jungler for Immortals. Throughout the matches, he would constantly own the jungle, even the enemy’s and guide his team through a lot of one-sided games. With a new split coming around, this jungler will be looking to reign over the rift with his capabilities as a professional player.

 

Pobelter

After his time in Counter Logic Gaming, Eugene ‘Pobelter’ Park would live to mid lane another day with Immortals. Along with the rest of the team, Pobelter would become one of the backbones to push the squad to a dominating split. Although he may be overshadowed by the likes of his other teammates, Pobelter knows how to show off his skills as it has been paid off with near perfect matches. With another season coming along, it will be another chance to lead Immortals to the play offs.

 

WildTurtle

The ever so wild Jason ‘WildTurtle’; Tran has kept his mark in the bottom lane from his years in Team SoloMid to his new Immortals. With a newly reformed team, WildTurtle has seemingly revitalized and quickly went back to making plays as if he never left his prime. After doing more than just meeting expectations of this new team in the spring, he and his team look to secure spots for the Worlds Championship in the upcoming split. But with Immortals slowly revealing what their weak points are for opposing teams to exploit, the team has to bring themselves together to prove that they are not that mortal.

 

Adrian

Adrian ‘Adrian’ Ma is a familiar face in the LCS scene from being a part of Team Impulse, but has now become the support for the hyped up Immortals team. However, they proved the haters wrong by nearly sweeping the entire regular season. Often, enemy teams would tackle the carry players, but even Adrian has drawn out bans for his Janna and Soraka plays that lead his team to victory. But now as the team is slowly cracking open, Adrian has to make sure that his immortal team keeps up with the meta and the synergy to stay like that.

 

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Team in Profile: Team SoloMid http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/11/22797/team-profile-team-solomid/ http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/11/22797/team-profile-team-solomid/#respond Sat, 11 Jun 2016 13:40:29 +0000 http://apgnation.com/?p=22797 As a team here at APGNation’s eSports division we always love the off season with all it’s roster changes and excitement, sometimes even more so than the season itself, but we also know it can be hard to keep track of who’s going where and who everyone is. That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you team profiles that can help you stay up to date and in the know. In this profile, Carissa Jackson takes a look at one of the most famous North American LCS teams, Team SoloMid.

 

Haunzter

Kevin Yarnell joined TSM’s roster during the beginning of the 2016 Spring Split. When Hauntzer arrived from Gravity, he knew that he had huge shoes to fill. He replaced TSM’s great top laner, Dyrus. His first appearance on the team was during the world famous IEM Invitational in San Jose. Many TSM fans had no idea how the extensive roster change would work out. Kevin ended up surpassing expectations during IEM and continued to dominate throughout Spring Split. Even though TSM had a rough mid-Spring Split, Haunzter played very well. His Maokai dominated during quarterfinals and semifinals, eventually taking the spot to go against CLG for first place. Unfortunately, they made it so far, but could not defeat their rival, CLG.

 

Svenskeren

Before the 2016 Spring Split, TSM decided to replace four of their five previous members. Dennis Johnsen happens to replace TSM’s jungler, Santorin. Svenskeren was imported from the dominant EU team, SK Gaming. Fans criticized Dennis’s gameplay during his first split with TSM and even blamed him for many losses. Svenskeren is known as an aggressive jungler, looking for plays that could bring TSM a swift victory. Even though during Spring Split a lot of the attempts did not work but, during quarterfinals and semifinals, he proved everyone wrong. He carried his team with his immense pressure on Graves. Now that he has shown fans what he can do, there are high hopes for this new import jungler.

 

Bjergsen

Soren Bjerg came to TSM from Denmark in 2013 and rose to be known as “TSM’s best player.” As the only returning TSM player during the 2016 Spring Split, he had a lot of people and their playstyles to which he had to adjust. Bjergsen has a wide champion pool that has allowed many different comps to be played. Not only is his champion pool wide, but he also has mechanical skill to back it up. The Bjergerking has never been short of fantastic when it comes to competitive play. Fans wait for an intense 1v1 with Soren during LCS. Currently, he is TSM’s shot caller and team captain. During Spring Split of 2016, he played mostly utility champs to help assist TSM to victory.

 

Doublelift

Doublelift is known as one of NA LCS’s great AD Carries. Before the 2016 Spring Split, he was always associated with TSM’s rival team, CLG. During preseason of 2015, CLG releases a departure letter and TSM issues a statement of their new ADC, Doublelift. Yilliang Peng’s mechanical plays are [...]

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As a team here at APGNation’s eSports division we always love the off season with all it’s roster changes and excitement, sometimes even more so than the season itself, but we also know it can be hard to keep track of who’s going where and who everyone is. That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you team profiles that can help you stay up to date and in the know. In this profile, Carissa Jackson takes a look at one of the most famous North American LCS teams, Team SoloMid.

 

Haunzter

Kevin Yarnell joined TSM’s roster during the beginning of the 2016 Spring Split. When Hauntzer arrived from Gravity, he knew that he had huge shoes to fill. He replaced TSM’s great top laner, Dyrus. His first appearance on the team was during the world famous IEM Invitational in San Jose. Many TSM fans had no idea how the extensive roster change would work out. Kevin ended up surpassing expectations during IEM and continued to dominate throughout Spring Split. Even though TSM had a rough mid-Spring Split, Haunzter played very well. His Maokai dominated during quarterfinals and semifinals, eventually taking the spot to go against CLG for first place. Unfortunately, they made it so far, but could not defeat their rival, CLG.

 

Svenskeren

Before the 2016 Spring Split, TSM decided to replace four of their five previous members. Dennis Johnsen happens to replace TSM’s jungler, Santorin. Svenskeren was imported from the dominant EU team, SK Gaming. Fans criticized Dennis’s gameplay during his first split with TSM and even blamed him for many losses. Svenskeren is known as an aggressive jungler, looking for plays that could bring TSM a swift victory. Even though during Spring Split a lot of the attempts did not work but, during quarterfinals and semifinals, he proved everyone wrong. He carried his team with his immense pressure on Graves. Now that he has shown fans what he can do, there are high hopes for this new import jungler.

 

Bjergsen

Soren Bjerg came to TSM from Denmark in 2013 and rose to be known as “TSM’s best player.” As the only returning TSM player during the 2016 Spring Split, he had a lot of people and their playstyles to which he had to adjust. Bjergsen has a wide champion pool that has allowed many different comps to be played. Not only is his champion pool wide, but he also has mechanical skill to back it up. The Bjergerking has never been short of fantastic when it comes to competitive play. Fans wait for an intense 1v1 with Soren during LCS. Currently, he is TSM’s shot caller and team captain. During Spring Split of 2016, he played mostly utility champs to help assist TSM to victory.

 

Doublelift

Doublelift is known as one of NA LCS’s great AD Carries. Before the 2016 Spring Split, he was always associated with TSM’s rival team, CLG. During preseason of 2015, CLG releases a departure letter and TSM issues a statement of their new ADC, Doublelift. Yilliang Peng’s mechanical plays are considered “godly” and “next level.” His playstyle is aggressive but controlled in team fights. He plays champions like Kalista and Tristana to kite and outplay his opponents. During the 2016 Spring Split, Doublelift played consistently and helped bring TSM to finals against his old team, CLG. In a disappointing 3-2 loss CLG took home to trophy but, this doesn’t stop Yilliang’s determination to win.

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Biofrost

Vincent “Biofrost” Wang is TSM’s newest support player. After the 2016 Spring Split, YellowStar left NA to go back to his home, EU. Biofrost has been around in the Challenger scene for quite a while. He has jumped around different challenger teams but finally found his home with TSM. Vincent’s Thresh and Karma plays are known to be game changers. It is said that Doublelift and Biofrost are an unstoppable force when it comes to ranked games. Knowing this fans are excited to see how Biofrost will fit in with TSM.

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Image courtesy of: esportsedition.com

 

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Team in Profile: H2k-Gaming http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/09/22780/team-profile-h2k-gaming/ http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/09/22780/team-profile-h2k-gaming/#respond Thu, 09 Jun 2016 23:29:16 +0000 http://apgnation.com/?p=22780 As a team here at APGNation’s eSports division we always love the off season with all it’s roster changes and excitement, sometimes even more so than the season itself, but we also know it can be hard to keep track of who’s going where and who everyone is. That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you team profiles that can help you stay up to date and in the know. In this profile, William Whittingham takes a look at a the European powerhouse, H2k-Gaming.

 

Odoamne

Andrei ‘Odoamne’ Pascu has been a mainstay at H2k-Gaming since joining from Cloud 9 Eclipse in 2014, and in that time has seen the team rise from Challenger series to world championship appearances. A robust and confident top-laner who has shown he can be a force to be feared. H2k-Gaming underperformed towards the end of the split and Odoamne will likely be crucial in setting them back on course for a stronger showing this summer.

 

Jankos

Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski joined H2k-Gaming from Team ROCCAT and showed he is one of the most capable junglers in the region. Nicknamed ‘the first blood king’ for his excellent early ganks and invades and well revered as a player, Jankos will be looking to secure his first ever place at worlds alongside his teammates. While an adamant player, Jankos will need to make sure he is consistent or else he may not be able to lead his team effectively in the summer split, which may result in more disappointment for the Polish player.

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Ryu

Ryu ‘Ryu’ Samg-wook has been a solid player for H2k-Gaming since joining the team from Millenium (after a loan spell on Team ROCCAT). Ryu is well known for being a powerful mid-laner and since arriving with H2k-Gaming, he has been able to showcase these abilities. While not the strongest individual player in Europe Ryu is a fantastic play maker and can make game-changing solo plays when called upon to do so. The summer split will be the time for Ryu to make that last step up to push his team to the top of Europe.

Ryu will be looking to assert himself in the mid lane at worlds this year.

 

Freeze

Ales ‘Freeze’ Knezinek is the only new player for H2k- Gaming this split, joining up with the team from Renegades. Not being seen in Europe since his time on Copenhagen Wolves means that the talented Freeze may be somewhat forgotten by some fans, but his excellent mechanical skill is not at all shown by the lackluster nature of his previous teams. Being on a team such as H2k-Gaming will allow Freeze to live up to his full potential and maybe compete on the world stage later this year.

 

VandeR

Oskar ‘VandeR’ Bogdan joined H2k-Gaming alongside Jankos from Team ROCCAT at the beginning of the split and quietly went about his job in the support role. It has recently been revealed that VandeR did not enjoy playing alongside FORGIVEN and so being able to play with Freeze instead may boost [...]

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As a team here at APGNation’s eSports division we always love the off season with all it’s roster changes and excitement, sometimes even more so than the season itself, but we also know it can be hard to keep track of who’s going where and who everyone is. That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you team profiles that can help you stay up to date and in the know. In this profile, William Whittingham takes a look at a the European powerhouse, H2k-Gaming.

 

Odoamne

Andrei ‘Odoamne’ Pascu has been a mainstay at H2k-Gaming since joining from Cloud 9 Eclipse in 2014, and in that time has seen the team rise from Challenger series to world championship appearances. A robust and confident top-laner who has shown he can be a force to be feared. H2k-Gaming underperformed towards the end of the split and Odoamne will likely be crucial in setting them back on course for a stronger showing this summer.

 

Jankos

Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski joined H2k-Gaming from Team ROCCAT and showed he is one of the most capable junglers in the region. Nicknamed ‘the first blood king’ for his excellent early ganks and invades and well revered as a player, Jankos will be looking to secure his first ever place at worlds alongside his teammates. While an adamant player, Jankos will need to make sure he is consistent or else he may not be able to lead his team effectively in the summer split, which may result in more disappointment for the Polish player.

Image courtesy of: www.esportsheaven.com

Image courtesy of: www.esportsheaven.com

 

Ryu

Ryu ‘Ryu’ Samg-wook has been a solid player for H2k-Gaming since joining the team from Millenium (after a loan spell on Team ROCCAT). Ryu is well known for being a powerful mid-laner and since arriving with H2k-Gaming, he has been able to showcase these abilities. While not the strongest individual player in Europe Ryu is a fantastic play maker and can make game-changing solo plays when called upon to do so. The summer split will be the time for Ryu to make that last step up to push his team to the top of Europe.

Ryu will be looking to assert himself in the mid lane at worlds this year.

Ryu will be looking to assert himself in the mid lane at worlds this year.

 

Freeze

Ales ‘Freeze’ Knezinek is the only new player for H2k- Gaming this split, joining up with the team from Renegades. Not being seen in Europe since his time on Copenhagen Wolves means that the talented Freeze may be somewhat forgotten by some fans, but his excellent mechanical skill is not at all shown by the lackluster nature of his previous teams. Being on a team such as H2k-Gaming will allow Freeze to live up to his full potential and maybe compete on the world stage later this year.

 

VandeR

Oskar ‘VandeR’ Bogdan joined H2k-Gaming alongside Jankos from Team ROCCAT at the beginning of the split and quietly went about his job in the support role. It has recently been revealed that VandeR did not enjoy playing alongside FORGIVEN and so being able to play with Freeze instead may boost his already great performances to a whole new level.

 

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Team in Profile: Counter Logic Gaming http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/09/22776/team-profile-counter-logic-gaming/ http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/09/22776/team-profile-counter-logic-gaming/#respond Thu, 09 Jun 2016 20:34:23 +0000 http://apgnation.com/?p=22776 As a team here at APGNation’s eSports division we always love the off season with all it’s roster changes and excitement, sometimes even more so than the season itself, but we also know it can be hard to keep track of who’s going where and who everyone is. That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you team profiles that can help you keep up to date and in the know. In this profile Carissa Jackson  takes a look at a big North American LCS team, Counter Logic Gaming.

 

Darshan

Previously known as ZionSpartan, Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaha has been the top laner for NA’s current leading team, CLG. His association with CLG began during the 2015 LCS Season and has been nothing short of extraordinary for his team. Darshan is known for putting an immense amount of pressure during pro play. He is not only highlighted for his split pushing but, also his mechanical plays during team fights. His Jax and Ekko are two of his main champions and reflect his playstyle. He works hard to carry his team if needed. The expectations are high for Darshan this Summer Split.

 

Xmithie

Jake “Xmithie” Puchero began his NA LCS career with CLG during the 2015 LCS Season. He was first criticized for this weak jungle gameplay during the Spring and Summer splits of 2015. People even began using Xmithie as a coined term for when a player misses a Sejuani ultimate during the time! But, during the 2016 Spring Split, Jake proved the audience wrong. He played began making incredible plays with champions like Elise and Udyr. He plays consistently and helps snowball CLG to victory.

 

Huhi

CLG’s current Korean midlaner, Choi “Huhi” Jay-hyun, joined NA’s top team for the 2016 Spring Split. He had huge shoes to fill because CLG’s previous midlaner was the infamous Pobelter. Choi may not be CLG’s strongest player but, he always provides a reliable performance. His LeBlanc and Ekko did very well during Spring split this season to bring in some wins. With the meta changing, all the midlaners must start to adapt. Fortunately for Huhi, he already has a wide champion pool to pick from so his adjustment will come easy.

 

Stixxay

Coming from Cloud9’s Challenger team in 2015, Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes joined CLG as their new ADC for the 2016 Spring Split. Stixxay, being relatively new to the competitive scene, was replacing the world famous player, Doublelift. Many CLG fans were worried to see what was ahead for the 2016 Spring Split. Little did they know, Stixxay ended up playing fantastic for the split and ended up carrying his team to finals. His positioning is flawless when it comes to team fights and consistently puts out damage on champions like Caitlyn and Ezreal. Stixxay had a fantastic Spring Split; let’s hope it reciprocates into this Summer Split.

 

Aphromoo

Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black is one of the best supports in NA LCS. He started his competitive career dominating with Thresh but, when Bard was released, he evolved into a game changing play maker. During this year’s MSI, [...]

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As a team here at APGNation’s eSports division we always love the off season with all it’s roster changes and excitement, sometimes even more so than the season itself, but we also know it can be hard to keep track of who’s going where and who everyone is. That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you team profiles that can help you keep up to date and in the know. In this profile Carissa Jackson  takes a look at a big North American LCS team, Counter Logic Gaming.

 

Darshan

Previously known as ZionSpartan, Darshan “Darshan” Upadhyaha has been the top laner for NA’s current leading team, CLG. His association with CLG began during the 2015 LCS Season and has been nothing short of extraordinary for his team. Darshan is known for putting an immense amount of pressure during pro play. He is not only highlighted for his split pushing but, also his mechanical plays during team fights. His Jax and Ekko are two of his main champions and reflect his playstyle. He works hard to carry his team if needed. The expectations are high for Darshan this Summer Split.

 

Xmithie

Jake “Xmithie” Puchero began his NA LCS career with CLG during the 2015 LCS Season. He was first criticized for this weak jungle gameplay during the Spring and Summer splits of 2015. People even began using Xmithie as a coined term for when a player misses a Sejuani ultimate during the time! But, during the 2016 Spring Split, Jake proved the audience wrong. He played began making incredible plays with champions like Elise and Udyr. He plays consistently and helps snowball CLG to victory.

 

Huhi

CLG’s current Korean midlaner, Choi “Huhi” Jay-hyun, joined NA’s top team for the 2016 Spring Split. He had huge shoes to fill because CLG’s previous midlaner was the infamous Pobelter. Choi may not be CLG’s strongest player but, he always provides a reliable performance. His LeBlanc and Ekko did very well during Spring split this season to bring in some wins. With the meta changing, all the midlaners must start to adapt. Fortunately for Huhi, he already has a wide champion pool to pick from so his adjustment will come easy.

 

Stixxay

Coming from Cloud9’s Challenger team in 2015, Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes joined CLG as their new ADC for the 2016 Spring Split. Stixxay, being relatively new to the competitive scene, was replacing the world famous player, Doublelift. Many CLG fans were worried to see what was ahead for the 2016 Spring Split. Little did they know, Stixxay ended up playing fantastic for the split and ended up carrying his team to finals. His positioning is flawless when it comes to team fights and consistently puts out damage on champions like Caitlyn and Ezreal. Stixxay had a fantastic Spring Split; let’s hope it reciprocates into this Summer Split.

 

Aphromoo

Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black is one of the best supports in NA LCS. He started his competitive career dominating with Thresh but, when Bard was released, he evolved into a game changing play maker. During this year’s MSI, teams from all around the world would automatically ban Bard from Aphromoo, knowing how dangerous it is for him to be that champion. If Zaqueri is not on Bard, he is on other champions like Morgana or Braum to dominate laning phase with his partner, Stixxay. CLG fans wait patiently to see what new strategies and plays Aphromoo comes up with next.

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Team in Profile: Echo Fox http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/07/22723/team-profile-echo-fox/ http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/07/22723/team-profile-echo-fox/#respond Tue, 07 Jun 2016 21:49:52 +0000 http://apgnation.com/?p=22723 As a team here at APGNation’s eSports division we always love the off season with all it’s roster changes and excitement, sometimes even more so than the season itself, but we also know it can be hard to keep track of who’s going where and who everyone is. That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you team profiles that can help you keep up to date and in the know. In this profile Ellen Chou  take a look at a returning North American LCS team, Echo Fox.

 

kfo

From a challenger to pro player, Jeong-Hun ‘kfo’ Park makes his way out of solo queue challenger and into the arms of his first competitive team, Echo Fox. Despite never making it as far as he has now, he has proven himself as a formidable opponent in the top lane to the point where teams ban out his Kayle even though it is no longer a meta ban. While only able to exhibit half of his play during the last split kfo is looking to display the hard work he has put into the team. Although he faces many obstacles such as language barriers and inexperience on the big stage, the enemy team would make a grave mistake by underrating his potential and ability to dominate his lane.

 

Hard

Anthony “Hard” Barkhovtsev has done his part for the NA Challenger scene but has now been picked up by Rick Fox’s Echo Fox as their starting jungler. Although the first half of the Spring split was a struggle for him and the team, with Echo Fox slipping to a series of weak performances, he was easily able to perform well playing with the official roster. After surviving substitutes and avoiding relegations, Hard is steadily growing as a player as well as helping his team work up to the ranks at which they are expected to play. With substantial preparation coming for the Summer split, the Echo Fox team will be at their best for the upcoming season.

 

Keith

Yuri “Keith” Jew has been part of the LCS before, such as having his time with Team Liquid and Team SoloMid, but then returned to the Challenger scene. However, for the new year, he has been acquired by Echo Fox as their starting AD Carry. Even with the struggles the team had to endure for the first half of the season, Keith was still capable of carrying his team to the much-needed victories that kept them alive. Now that he has his full team and time to recoup, Keith will endeavour to ensure that Echo Fox will be more than just a low place team.

 

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Big

Probably more familiar by the name “Baby” on Team Dragon Knights, but now Terry “Big” Chuong is looking to be a great support for his new team, Echo Fox. After starting off the season halfway with his main roster, Big has shown to be a big name for his team. By breaking the sound barrier and saving the Lucian, this team player [...]

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As a team here at APGNation’s eSports division we always love the off season with all it’s roster changes and excitement, sometimes even more so than the season itself, but we also know it can be hard to keep track of who’s going where and who everyone is. That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you team profiles that can help you keep up to date and in the know. In this profile Ellen Chou  take a look at a returning North American LCS team, Echo Fox.

 

kfo
From a challenger to pro player, Jeong-Hun ‘kfo’ Park makes his way out of solo queue challenger and into the arms of his first competitive team, Echo Fox. Despite never making it as far as he has now, he has proven himself as a formidable opponent in the top lane to the point where teams ban out his Kayle even though it is no longer a meta ban. While only able to exhibit half of his play during the last split kfo is looking to display the hard work he has put into the team. Although he faces many obstacles such as language barriers and inexperience on the big stage, the enemy team would make a grave mistake by underrating his potential and ability to dominate his lane.

 

Hard
Anthony “Hard” Barkhovtsev has done his part for the NA Challenger scene but has now been picked up by Rick Fox’s Echo Fox as their starting jungler. Although the first half of the Spring split was a struggle for him and the team, with Echo Fox slipping to a series of weak performances, he was easily able to perform well playing with the official roster. After surviving substitutes and avoiding relegations, Hard is steadily growing as a player as well as helping his team work up to the ranks at which they are expected to play. With substantial preparation coming for the Summer split, the Echo Fox team will be at their best for the upcoming season.

 

Keith
Yuri “Keith” Jew has been part of the LCS before, such as having his time with Team Liquid and Team SoloMid, but then returned to the Challenger scene. However, for the new year, he has been acquired by Echo Fox as their starting AD Carry. Even with the struggles the team had to endure for the first half of the season, Keith was still capable of carrying his team to the much-needed victories that kept them alive. Now that he has his full team and time to recoup, Keith will endeavour to ensure that Echo Fox will be more than just a low place team.

 

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Big
Probably more familiar by the name “Baby” on Team Dragon Knights, but now Terry “Big” Chuong is looking to be a great support for his new team, Echo Fox. After starting off the season halfway with his main roster, Big has shown to be a big name for his team. By breaking the sound barrier and saving the Lucian, this team player has what it takes to help his team to win each game. With the upcoming 2016 Summer split, he has already made it big; the only thing left to do is to bring his team to be the best.

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Team in Profile: G2 Esports http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/07/22734/team-profile-g2-esports/ http://apgnation.com/articles/2016/06/07/22734/team-profile-g2-esports/#respond Tue, 07 Jun 2016 21:49:01 +0000 http://apgnation.com/?p=22734 As a team here at APGNation’s eSports division we always love the off season with all it’s roster changes and excitement, sometimes even more so than the season itself, but we also know it can be hard to keep track of who’s going where and who everyone is. That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you team profiles that can help you stay up to date and in the know. In this profile, Will Whittingham takes a look at reigning European champions, G2 Esports.

 

Kikis

Mateusz ‘Kikis’ Szkudlarek has had mixed reviews since moving to G2 Esports from Unicorns of Love. The ex-jungler has found himself as a veteran player on the top rated team in Europe while sometimes seeming inconsistent and liable to error (especially highlighted at MSI). While there is no doubting that Kikis is an active player there are many claims that we are yet to see the best out of him since his move. Only time will tell if Kikis will improve to the levels his team has reached or if he will remain a background player.

Kikis will be happy after his team won their first two games. Image courtesy of: 1337mag.com

 

Trick

Kang-yoon ‘Trick’ Kim has been one of the great finds for Europe this split, coming in from CJ Entus at the beginning of the 2016 Spring Split. An aggressive and controlling jungler, Trick commanded respect and helped to propel G2 Esports to the number one spot in Europe. With a dominant team around him, Trick could have faded into the background but was able to step up and lead the team with impressive performances and excellent mechanical skill.

 

PerkZ

Luka ‘PerkZ’ Perkovic has come as one of the great surprises this split after joining up with G2 Esports from Millenium. PerkZ helped the team qualify for the LCS and has since looked adept and confident in the mid-laner role. Tackling the best Europe has to offer has left PerkZ as a contender for the best mid-laner in Europe and his eyes will surely be turning to the world stage to see what challenges he can overcome next.

 

Zven

Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen was one of the big new stories when he moved from Origen to G2 Esports after the 2016 Spring Split. The highly talented marksman always looked sharp at Origen but the teams failure to achieve the number one spot in Europe tempted Zven elsewhere, and G2 Esports was just the team needed to push his career forward. Joining his support Mithy at his new team will undoubtedly help Zven to settle quickly, but replacing the South Korean star Emperor will likely prove to be a tough task for the superstar and the pressure will be on.

Image courtesy of: origen.gg

 

Mithy

Alfonso ‘Mithy’ Aguirre Rodriguez made headlines by moving to G2 Esports from Origen alongside Zven. While a very talented support Mithy has always been in the shadow of Zven in the duo lane but has proved he is an important part of the partnership. Now he is in the [...]

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As a team here at APGNation’s eSports division we always love the off season with all it’s roster changes and excitement, sometimes even more so than the season itself, but we also know it can be hard to keep track of who’s going where and who everyone is. That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring you team profiles that can help you stay up to date and in the know. In this profile, Will Whittingham takes a look at reigning European champions, G2 Esports.

 

Kikis

Mateusz ‘Kikis’ Szkudlarek has had mixed reviews since moving to G2 Esports from Unicorns of Love. The ex-jungler has found himself as a veteran player on the top rated team in Europe while sometimes seeming inconsistent and liable to error (especially highlighted at MSI). While there is no doubting that Kikis is an active player there are many claims that we are yet to see the best out of him since his move. Only time will tell if Kikis will improve to the levels his team has reached or if he will remain a background player.

Kikis will be happy after his team won their first two games. Image courtesy of: 1337mag.com

Kikis will be happy after his team won their first two games. Image courtesy of: 1337mag.com

 

Trick

Kang-yoon ‘Trick’ Kim has been one of the great finds for Europe this split, coming in from CJ Entus at the beginning of the 2016 Spring Split. An aggressive and controlling jungler, Trick commanded respect and helped to propel G2 Esports to the number one spot in Europe. With a dominant team around him, Trick could have faded into the background but was able to step up and lead the team with impressive performances and excellent mechanical skill.

 

PerkZ

Luka ‘PerkZ’ Perkovic has come as one of the great surprises this split after joining up with G2 Esports from Millenium. PerkZ helped the team qualify for the LCS and has since looked adept and confident in the mid-laner role. Tackling the best Europe has to offer has left PerkZ as a contender for the best mid-laner in Europe and his eyes will surely be turning to the world stage to see what challenges he can overcome next.

 

Zven

Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen was one of the big new stories when he moved from Origen to G2 Esports after the 2016 Spring Split. The highly talented marksman always looked sharp at Origen but the teams failure to achieve the number one spot in Europe tempted Zven elsewhere, and G2 Esports was just the team needed to push his career forward. Joining his support Mithy at his new team will undoubtedly help Zven to settle quickly, but replacing the South Korean star Emperor will likely prove to be a tough task for the superstar and the pressure will be on.

Image courtesy of: origen.gg

Image courtesy of: origen.gg

 

Mithy

Alfonso ‘Mithy’ Aguirre Rodriguez made headlines by moving to G2 Esports from Origen alongside Zven. While a very talented support Mithy has always been in the shadow of Zven in the duo lane but has proved he is an important part of the partnership. Now he is in the top team in the region and looking to cement another spot for himself and his squad at the end of season world championship.

 

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